One of the first signs of spring is the return of the Oystercatcher which I notice both in the wild and in the street where I live. In the wild they can be found in most pastures alongside the black-tailed godwit and in the street they spend a lot of time on top of the flats on the opposite side of the street.
Due to their plumage and loud call they are clearly present…I see them often in the street flying around in small groups making a lot of noise, at night I can hear them too as I suspect they sleep on top of the flats… Once there was a car alarm going off and there was an oystercatcher on the other side of the street relentlessly answering the alarm!
As a youth, I generally associated this bird with coastal vacations, yet over the years the oystercatcher has ventured further inland in the search for food….I’m always glad to hear their call again when they come back from the coast in March, as far as I’m corcerned they can make as much noise as they want! 🙂
There is a bay where the oyster catchers gather near where we live, and now people with batches there are complaining they need to be culled…
May 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm
Poor oystercatchers 😦 ….is it because they eat all the shellfish?
May 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm
no – they say they’re polluting the bay
May 10, 2014 at 5:49 am
by the way I meant to say, great photo
May 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm
Thank you Maureen ! 🙂
May 10, 2014 at 12:00 am
For a long time I couldn’t tell the difference between American and European Oystercatchers (apart from location, obviously!). Then I noticed the former have orange eyes; the latter have red eyes.
May 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm
Impossible to tell from my B&W photo though 😉 ….Thanks RH ! 🙂
May 10, 2014 at 12:09 am
I’m always happy to see oystercatchers. They’re fun to watch busily running up and down a beach – could sit there for hours. Great portrait!
May 10, 2014 at 7:34 am
Thank you ! 🙂
May 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm